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The First Annual Defcon Wi-fi Shootout

Hosted by the Oklahoma City 2600 group

Wireless technology is becoming more and more prevalent, and many people have experimented with transmitting wi-fi over large distances. The Guinness World Book of Records distance for a wi-fi link is 310 kilometers, and was set by the Swedish company Alvarion (full story here: Amateurs have been making antennas out of everything from Pringles cans to Primestar dishes, and getting amazing results. Sound interesting? Read on!

To see who can achieve the greatest wi-fi/802.11b connect distance.

Dave Moore
Michele Moore
Anna Moore
Stefan Morris
Other volunteers

EVENT DETAILS: Basic Rules (please visit for more information and updates)

* The contest will be open to Defcon attendees who agree to the contest rules. Contestants must register with and be accepted by contest staff in order to participate.

The contest begins Friday at 12 noon, August 1. Contestants should meet with staff in the lobby of the Alexis Park Hotel. Look for the Wi-Fi Shootout sign. At the meeting, contestants can register, and we can coordinate to see if anyone needs a ride to the contest location. Due to the last-minute edict of the Las Vegas Fire Marshall, the roof of the Alexis Park will not be available for ANY DefCon activities.

How to Enter the Contest:

  • Prior to Defcon:
    • Register via email (; or
    • Register on the Defcon Chat forum.
  • At Defcon:
    • Register at the DEF CON Info Booth before Friday 11:30 AM; or Register with contest staff in the lobby of the Alexis Park on Friday, August 1, at 12 noon; or
    • Register with contest staff in the lobby of the Alexis Park on Saturday, August 2, between 12 noon and 12:30 p.m.
  • Contest entry deadline is Saturday at 12:30 p.m., August 2.
  • Entrants must make their physical Convention presence known to contest staff by the deadline. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of contest staff.
  • 2.4 GHz, 802.11b equipment only. No "g," no "a." No signal relaying.
  • A total of 48 entry slots are available, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Entries may be individuals or teams, with no limit on the number of members per team. However, each entry shall appoint only one person to officially interact with contest staff at any given time. One official contact badge per entry will be issued by contest staff, and may be exchanged between entry members as desired.
  • Entries may compete in a maximum of two competition categories.
  • Contestants shall provide their own transceiving equipment, which must be capable of sending, receiving and displaying a specific text message provided by contest staff. Contestants will be responsible for the proper operation of their equipment, and contest staff will bear no responsibility for any liability arising from the operation of contestants' equipment.
  • Winners agree to openly disclose the technology used to achieve connect distances.
  • Contestants agree to compete honestly, and may be summarily disqualified at any time for behavior deemed inappropriate by contest staff, i.e. intentionally logging false distances. No cheating, jamming or sabotage!

EVENT DETAILS: Competition Rules

Competition categories:

  1. Stock/unmodified, with commercially made omnidirectional wi-fi antenna
  2. Stock/unmodified, with commercially made directional wi-fi antenna
  3. Homemade omnidirectional antenna
  4. Homemade directional antenna
  5. Enhanced power, (omni or directional) commercially made
  6. Enhanced power, (omni or directional) homemade

There will be two transmission log times, one on Friday, and one on Saturday. Contestants must log their transmission distance entries with contest staff. Contestants may log transmission distances at both log times, or at only one of the log times. The log times are:

Friday, August 1, following the 12 noon meeting in the hotel lobby.
Saturday, August 2, following the 12 noon meeting in the hotel lobby.

  • After verifying two-way transmissions from contestants' equipment, transmission locations and distances will be calculated by contest staff. Distances reported may be derived from GPS units, locating oneself on a map and determining latitude/longitude, or any other approved source.
  • At both log times, transmission verification will be required in order to determine category winners.
  • Award ceremonies hosted by Dark Tangent will be held Sunday, August 3, at which time category winners will be announced, and prizes awarded.


  • Send an email to with the following information:
  • Entry name
  • Name of contact person for your entry
  • If you have a team, number of people on your team
  • What category(ies) you wish to enter (maximum 2)
  • Team website for us to link to, if any

This page last updated on: Saturday, July 19, 2003

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